Lifesaver Cactus Care ~ Astonishing Blooms (Huernia Zebrina)



The Lifesaver cactus (Huernia zebrina) is a beautiful and unusual desert plant native to the Southern and East African deserts. Although the plant has an adorable appearance, its smell, when in bloom, can be quite overpowering.

The Lifesaver plant still needs attention, particularly watering, lighting, and temperature. We’ll cover everything you need to know in this guide, starting with how the plant was discovered by a Dutch missionary.

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Lifesaver Cactus Care Guide

Plant Size

The plant typically grows between 6 and 8 inches in height and about 6 inches wide, making it a relatively small succulent. As a result, it’s the perfect plant for small spaces and indoor gardening.

Lighting Needs

This is an understory plant and prefers to be kept in a spot with filtered sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can damage the plant, so avoid bright, full sun locations.

Soil Requirements

Huernia zebrina prefer a well-draining soil mix, so choose a potting medium that allows for adequate drainage. You can use a standard specialized cactus mix or make yours with peat moss, sand, pumice, or perlite.

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